How are you feeling right now? Feel overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, emotional? You might suffer from seasonal depression – sometimes called the winter blues.
To boost the levels of serotonin necessary for dealing with seasonal depression you may need more tryptophan. The legumes: peas, beans, and lentils are some foods rich in tryptophan.
So, to feel better and overcome depression and the winter blues, you may want to try one of these three lentil recipes.
French Lentil Soup for Fighting the Winter Blues
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 2 cups green lentils
- 8 cups bouillon
- 1 potato, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 pinch cayenne, to taste
- 1 pound swiss chard, chopped
- Juice of one lemon
- pepper and salt to taste
Bring the onion, garlic, celery, lentils and bouillon to a boil in a large pot. Add the potato and spices, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the swiss chard and cook 15 minutes more, or until the lentils are just tender, not mushy. Stir in the lemon juice and Immunity Boosting Spices. Serve with ground pepper to taste.
Healthy Lentil Pate Recipe for Seasonal Depression
- 1 cup dry green or red lentils,
- 2 medium carrots chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced finely
- 2 tbsp/olive oil
- 1 tbsp. ghee
- 1 tbsp tomato pasta
- black pepper and salt to taste
To cook lentils, cover them with water and boil for 1-2 min. and then simmer for 15-20 min. (until tender). While cooking lentils, saute onion and carrots in olive oil for 7-10 min., add garlic, tomato pasta, lentils and ghee. Mix thoroughly, season with black pepper and salt. Don’t forget to add Immunity Boosting Spices. Serve warm. You can also use food processor if you want it smooth.
Tasty Pomegranate Lentil Soup to Help Overcome Depression
- 3/4 cup lentils, picked over
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 medium sweet onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 cups (2 quarts) water
- 1 cup long-grain rice
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- ½ cup chopped green onions
- 1 cup pomegranate juice or 1/4 cup grenadine syrup
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint or 2 teaspoons crushed dried leaf mint
- 2 Tablespoons raisins
Add water, drained lentils, rice, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer on low about 45 minutes, until lentils and rice are tender. Add basil, green onions and pomegranate juice to the soup. Simmer an additional 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a small skillet, add mint and saute until butter turns golden. Divide soup into serving bowls. Drizzle each with the mint brown butter and sprinkle with a few raisins to serve.
Breathe, smile and be happy.
Irina Wardas, HHC
Women’s Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach and Counselor